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Artificial You by Susan Schneider

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CHAPTER FIVE

COULD YOU MERGE WITH AI?

Suppose it is 2035, and being a technophile, you decide to add a mobile Internet connection to your retina. A year later, you enhance your working memory by adding neural circuitry. You are now officially a cyborg. Now skip ahead to 2045. Through nanotechnological therapies and enhancements, you are able to extend your lifespan, and as the years progress, you continue to accumulate more far-reaching enhancements.

By 2060, after several small but cumulatively profound alterations, you are a “posthuman.” Posthumans are future beings who are no longer unambiguously human, because they have mental capacities that radically exceed those of present-day humans. At this point, your intelligence is enhanced ...

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